Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world with more than 250.000.000 people --- There are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia --- There are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world and only 6.000 of them have a name with only 1.000 are inhabited --- If you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (Transportation between islands not counted) --- Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kms long --- Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completly mapped? (specially around Irian Jaya) --- There are about 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet

13.9.08

Earthquake at Aceh


10 September 2008

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of damage, geologists said.

The quake hit at 10.00am (1300 AEST), 30km southwest of Sinabang in Aceh province, the Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency said via text message.

The quake struck at sea at a depth of 10km but no tsunami warning has been issued, agency head Suharjono told AFP.

"Up to now we have not received any reports of damage from Sinabang city," he said.
At least 23 people died and thousands of homes were damaged last September when an 8.4-magnitude quake hit West Sumatra and other areas.

Indonesia was the nation worst hit by the earthquake-triggered Asian tsunami in December 2004 that killed 168,000 people in the country's Aceh province.

The Indonesian archipelago sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet, causing seismic and volcanic activity.

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